Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fictional Characters on the Screen: Matt Helm

Hey pallies, likes the  Matt Helm Dino-buzz  simply continues to grow stronger and stronger  as more and more Dino-treasure a la Matt Helm finds itself uncovered on the ol' world wide web.  Today's Dino-feature includes not only more on The Matt Helm inspired calendars, but a profoundly powerful plethora of poses and posters from the quartet of big screen Dino-epics.  And, likes all of these Dino-goodies accent two of our favorite Dino-causes here at ilovedinomartin.....both youthful and international Dino-devotion!

From the blog, "Fictional Characters on the Screen - Famous fictional characters from books,comics, radio, TV and cinema," modded by youthful Brit  Mr. Steve Lensmen, comes one of ilovedinomartin most most massive posts of Dino-devotion simply tagged, "Matt Helm."  In this post Lensmen homages the fictional character of Matt Helm by listin' all 27 of the published tomes scribed by Donald Hamilton, a brief entry 'bout Tony  Franciosa brief turn as Matt Helm on the small screen, and the hugest of huge photo entries sharin' tons and tons of  Dino-poses for each of the four Helm capers includin' short snatches of dialogue from each.....provin' without a doubt that nouveau hipster musta be a Dino-diggin' devotee!

Likes how it simply warms our Dino-hearts likes to the max to see flicks that are now almost half a century old gettin' such tremendously touchin' treatment from dudes likes Steve who weren't even born when theses flicks first appeared on the big screen......showin' the amazin'ly transformational power of our most beloved Dino bein' extended to generation after generation of youthful devotees of our King of Cool.

ilovedinomartin salutes Mr. Steven Lensmen for such an outstandin' offerin' of deep, pure, and true devotion to our Dino in his role of hipster spyster Matt Helm....sure to help many of today's youngen's grow deeply, purely, and truly in their adulation of our Dino.  To checks this out in it's original format, simply clicks on the tag of this here Dino-gram.  Dino-awed, DMP

Matt Helm
American secret agent Matt Helm was created by author Donald Hamilton (1916-2006), first appearing in the novel 'Death of a Citizen' published in 1960.

27 Matt Helm novels were written -

Death of a Citizen (1960) The Wrecking Crew (1960) The Removers (1961) The Silencers (1962) Murderers' Row (1962) The Ambushers (1963) The Shadowers (1964) The Ravagers (1964) The Devastators (1965) The Betrayers (1966) The Menacers (1968) The Interlopers (1969) The Poisoners (1971) The Intriguers (1972) The Intimidators (1974) The Terminators (1975) The Retaliators (1976) The Terrorizers (1977) The Revengers (1982) The Annihilators (1983) The Infiltrators (1984) The Detonators (1985) The Vanishers (1986) The Demolishers (1987) The Frighteners (1989) The Threateners (1992) The Damagers (1993)

Gail Hendrix: I want some music.
[Turns on car radio, Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly With Me" plays]
Matt Helm: Oh, turn him off, he's terrible!
[Changes the station, Dean Martin's "Everybody Loves Somebody" plays]
Matt Helm: Now that's a guy that can sing!

The Silencers (1966) Directed by Phil Karlson. 102mins

Dean Martin - Matt Helm
Stella Stevens - Gail Hendricks
Daliah Lavi - Tina
Victor Buono - Tung-Tze
Arthur O'Connell - Joe Wigman
Robert Webber - Sam Gunther
James Gregory - MacDonald
Nancy Kovack - Barbara
Roger C. Carmel - Andreyev
Cyd Charisse - Sarita
Beverly Adams - Lovey Kravezit

Music by Elmer Bernstein

Matt Helm: This is dancing?
Suzie Solaris: It's called a discotheque. You want to try?
Matt Helm: I don't disc

Murderer's Row (1966) Directed by Henry Levin. 105mins.

Dean Martin - Matt Helm
Ann-Margret - Suzie Solaris
Karl Malden - Julian Wall
Camilla Sparv - Coco Duquette
James Gregory - MacDonald
Beverly Adams - Lovey Kravezit

Jose Ortega: [toasting] Cheers!
Francesca: [also toasting] Skol!
Matt Helm: Sure it's cold. It's got ice in it.

The Ambushers (1967) Directed by Henry Levin. 102mins.

Dean Martin - Matt Helm
Senta Berger - Francesca Madeiros
Janice Rule - Sheila Sommers
James Gregory - MacDonald
Albert Salmi - Jose Ortega
Kurt Kasznar - Quintana
Beverly Adams - Lovey Kravezit

Bruce Lee was Martial Arts advisor on The Wrecking Crew, seen here rehearsing a fight scene between Sharon Tate and Nancy Kwan.

Chuck Norris standing next to Elke Sommer, his first film role.

Chuck vs Dean!

Lola Medina: I've heard that you do... drink.
Matt Helm: Just call it a hobby.

The Wrecking Crew (1968) Directed by Phil Karlson. 105mins.

Dean Martin - Matt Helm
Elke Sommer - Linka Karensky
Sharon Tate - Freya Carlson
Nancy Kwan - Yu-Rang
Tina Louise - Lola Medina
Nigel Green - Count Massimo Contini

A fifth Matt Helm movie - The Ravagers - was planned but abandoned after Dean Martin lost interest in continuing the role.

Sharon Tate was brutally murdered by followers of Charles Manson a few months after The Wrecking Crew was released, she was 26 years old and pregnant at the time.

Anthony Franciosa starred in the TV series 'Matt Helm' in 1975-1976. The series lasted one season and 14 episodes.


Danny G. said...

Great stuff! Smart fella!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes as usual Danny-o, you are totally totally on the Dino-mark! Keeps lovin' our most beloved Dino!